SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry G. Trent today congratulated Cadet Class 110 and welcomed them to the Illinois State Police force. After a ceremony at the Illinois State Police Armory where Attorney General Lisa Madigan was the keynote speaker, 51 new Troopers joined the ranks of the Illinois State Police. Including this latest class of cadets, 166 new Troopers have been added to Illinois’ frontlines under the Blagojevich administration.
“These new Troopers will report to their respective districts on Monday to begin a 12-week field training program," said Director Trent. "During the six and half months they spent at our Training Academy, cadets received the rigorous, specialized training necessary for them to immediately begin their careers of protecting and serving the citizens of our state."
A primary mission of the Blagojevich administration and the ISP is to safeguard the public on Illinois roadways and in our communities. These new Troopers will assist in the overall goal of decreasing traffic fatalities and injuries through the aggressive enforcement of Illinois’ laws designed to protect all citizens.
During an intensive 26-week training period, Cadets undergo a regimen of physical and classroom instruction, which includes training in Terrorism Awareness, Domestic Violence, Critical Incident Response, Firearms Training, First Responder Certification, Illinois Vehicle Code, Criminal Law, Motor Carrier Safety, Emergency Pursuit Driving, Juvenile Law, Police Response to Mental Illness, and more.
Cadet Class 110 began training on June 19, 2005, and is the second class to graduate in 2005. The 51 new Troopers join 47 officers who graduated from Cadet Class 109 in January 2005, bringing the total number of officers joining the ISP ranks this year to 98. Under Governor Blagojevich, the academy has graduated a total of 166 new Troopers.
The additional personnel combined with better information sharing between law enforcement agencies on all levels, has served as a catalyst in the neverending fight against crime in our state. Improvements in the Sex Offender Registry, the creation of dedicated Meth Response Teams and reductions in the DNA backlog have provided police officers across the state with the needed resources to fight criminals on the street. Their efforts have yielded a reduction in the overall crime rate of 7.7% for the past two years.
The new officers have been assigned to the following areas of the state and will immediately begin their patrol duties, joining veteran Troopers in the effort to safeguard our state:
District Chicago - 22 officers
District 2, Elgin - 6 officers
District 5, Joliet - 6 officers
District 12, Effingham - 6 officers
District 8, Metamora - 4 officers
District 6, Pontiac - 3 officers
District 10, Pesotum - 2 officers
District 1, Sterling – 1 officer
District 22, Ullin - 1 officer
Director Trent also announced that 58 applicants have been invited to report to the ISP Academy on January 8, 2006, to begin training as Cadet Class 111. Each individual received certification by the Illinois State Police Merit Board to attend the intense 26-week training period.
In an effort to broaden its recruitment base, the ISP Merit Board implemented an administrative rule change on June 1, 2005. The new rule allows for an applicant’s education to be considered acceptable if they have either an Associate’s Degree or equivalent, and 3 years of continuous full-time service as a police officer with the same police agency or 3 years active military duty. The addition of military service as an option of work experience provides an opportunity for many veterans to join the State Police and begin a career in law enforcement.